AN attacker who stabbed his friend in the stomach during a late-night noise row has kept his freedom.
Nathan Boyd had repeatedly asked house guest Wayne Carr to turn down his loud music.
In response Carr, a former Nissan worker who had been drinking heavily, armed himself with a knife which he plunged into Mr Boyd’s stomach twice.
The victim was taken to hospital where his injuries were not found to be serious.
In a victim impact statement Mr Boyd said: “I was shocked by what happened, I thought the defendant was my friend.”
Carr, 22, of Pallion Park, Pallion, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday a judge said Mr Boyd could easily have been killed during the attack, which happened at his Gateshead home.
Mr Recorder Robin Mairs told Carr: “He had been your friend for some time and he allowed you to stay at his flat, even though you were making a nuisance.
“He complained, not unreasonably, that you were playing music too loudly, a number of times.
“You took outrage and went and armed yourself with a knife. You stabbed him, not once but twice in the stomach.
“It is by the grace of God the injuries were not more severe. It was luck rather than design.
The judge sentenced Carr to 52 weeks behind bars, suspended for two years.